A new technology that has emerged in locks and security for the past few years have been the advancement of SmartKey Re-key technologies to help people rekey their locks. This can be especially helpful for homeowners that rent out rooms or guesthouses like on sites like AirBnb or Craigslist.
We found out about how popular these locks where getting from www.247brooklynlocksmith.net, a popular locksmith service in Brooklyn NYC.
We think these rekey-able locks are great for some applications, but if you need a more high security lock they probably won’t work. For most homes they could be an excellent addition though! Check out the videos below for a more visual demonstration about how they work!
Reviews of the Smartkey by Schlage:
When I decided to replace my entry lock to a combination capable deadbolt as well as conventional key, I had at least two brands to pick from. I primarily chose Kwikset because of the built in motor that activates closure of the deadbolt after I’m inside (after about 20-30 seconds), in case I might forget to manually lock the door. During the decision process, I noticed that the product I was considering, also incorporated a concept called SMART KEY, but dismissed the feature as an extra that I probably would never use. About a year later, I misplaced my keys OR LOST THEM, and was concerned about someone finding them and having access to my home.
I reinvestigated the SMART KEY feature key, and then contacted Kwikset tech support to confirm my understanding that I could re-key my lock using their SMART KEY kit….i.e., the kit, which could be ordered from AMAZON, would contain a replacement key. When I received the kit, it did include a new key plus several duplicates of the new key, together with easily understood instructions on re-keying the lock myself. IMPORTANT!!!! Although I had lost my keys, I did have a duplicate of the old key AND THAT DUPLICATE OF THE ORIGINAL KEY WAS NEEDED during the re-keying process. A slick concept, and if ever needed, a money saver for the home owner.
4 keys is perfect, If the tenant wants more keys, they can go make them, I only ever give the tenants two keys anyway. I’ve always made 4 keys, two for me, two for the tenant.
Before I’ve just told the locksmith to grab some old quickset from his dead pile and duplicate it, but this is just about the same cost as having the locksmith cut 4 keys anyway, plus the bonus of two more.
Here is a model made by Baldwin, another top security brand.